SCS/HB 678 - Under current law, the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission is not required to be a participant of the Missouri One Call System after December 31, 2011. The act extends this expiration date to December 31, 2014.
The act removes the current requirement that Missouri One Call ask excavators if a proposed excavation site will be located on a public right-of-way or easement dedicated to public use for vehicular traffic.
The act provides that an easement is considered abandoned if the easement is held by a petroleum pipeline company and the company has failed to maintain the easement for at least 5 years and the easement is in an area designated as a wellhead protection district. In such a case, the easement is terminated and the associated rights revert back to the property owner. The property owner must compensate the company in an amount equal to the compensation provided to the property owner at the time the company acquired the easement. The company must restore the property to its original condition.